After nearly seven months, federal prosecutors have decided to move forward with charges against one of two men charged with conspiring to build a portable, remote-controlled device designed to deliver fatal doses of radiation to Muslims - or “medical waste,” as the plotters called their intended targets.
Glendon Scott Crawford, 49, was charged in an indictment last week with attempting to produce a radiological device, conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction and distribution of information related to weapons of mass destruction. Another suspect, Eric Feight, 54, was named in the original complaint but was not indicted. Both were arraigned last June.
This has to be just about the worst form of “conversion therapy” on the planet.
Clare Carter travelled across South Africa to photograph and interview the victims of this appalling crime. These are their stories…
Mvuleni Fana was walking down a quiet alleyway in Springs - 30 miles east of Johannesburg - on her way home from football practice one evening when four men surrounded her and dragged her back to the football stadium. She recognised her attackers. One by one, the men raped her, beating her unconscious and leaving her for dead.
The next morning, Mvuleni came round, bleeding, battered, in shock, and taunted by one overriding memory - the last thing they said to her before she passed out: “After everything we’re going to do to you, you’re going to be a real woman, and you’re never going to act like this again”.
The tragic murders at a Jewish day school in Toulouse, France, are the most significant anti-Semitic attack in Europe in recent years [AFP]
A report by the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has shown that anti-Semitism has got worse across Europe over the past five years, facilitated by social media and file-sharing websites.
The report, which was released on Friday, was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms in Nazi Germany.
Based on a poll of European Jews, the study has found that more than three-quarters of those questioned believe anti-Semitism is on the rise in their home countries and close to one-third have considered emigrating because they do not feel safe.
Update 9:42 am
Curious Lurker provided a link to The European Union Agency For Fundamental Rights Press briefing on this for anyone who would like more information on the problem.
A 21-year-old Utah man indicted last week on gun and hate crime charges in a synagogue attack is a prolific participant in online white supremacist forums.
A federal grand jury indicted Macon Michael Openshaw on Wednesday with intentionally shooting at Congregation Kol Ami Synagogue in Salt Lake City sometime between Jan. 1, 2012, and April 30, 2012.
The indictment accuses Openshaw of firing several rounds at the synagogue, breaking windows and causing other damage in a crime that federal prosecutors say was motivated by hatred.
Police are now investigating the defacing of a Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park, home of the minor league Brooklyn Cyclones, as a hate crime, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Swastikas, racial slurs, and a “Heil Hitler” message were spray-painted on the statue, which memorializes the famous (if maybe untrue) moment when Brooklyn Dodgers shortstop Pee Wee Reese embraced Robinson on the field during the 1947 season, when Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier.
“This is being treated as a bias crime,” a New York City detective said Wednesday. “Hate Crimes will investigate the incident.”
Workers used plastic bags to cover up the slurs before the Cyclones’ game Wednesday evening, and investigators are checking video surveillance for clues about the vandalism. According to the New York Daily News, the words “F— N——,” as well as other racist and anti-Semitic messages were scrawled on the statue’s base.
Two members of the “Aryan Terror Brigade” white supremacist group were sentenced to prison today for beating up Middle Eastern men on New Year’s Eve 2011 after drinking alcohol and listening to white supremacist music at what authorities have described as a “meet and greet” gathering for skinheads.
U.S. District Judge Joel A. Pisano, in Trenton, sentenced Michal Gunar, 29, of East Windsor, to 33 months in prison, authorities said. Gunar had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a hate crime assault and the commission of a hate crime assault, said U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman.
Pisano also sentenced Kyle Powell, 24, of West Collingswood, to 15 months in prison, authorities said. Powell had pleaded guilty in the attack to conspiracy to commit a hate crime assault.
Authorities, citing case documents and statements made in court proceedings, said Gunar had admitted to attending a New Year’s Eve “meet and greet” white supremacist event on Dec. 31, 2011 in East Brunswick.
“We see cases like this all the time, all over the city and all over the state,” said Rick Garcia, policy director at The Civil Rights Agenda. “It shows that animosity toward lesbian and gay people is just below the surface. We think we’ve made such big gains, but right below the surface we see this animosity and violence.”
The women were beaten Saturday, clutching each other as they were pinned against a car by about 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street, one of the victims said.
“It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us,” said the woman, who is 23. “We just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here come the police.’”
Police have labeled the attack a hate crime, and one man has been charged. Other suspects in the attack are being sought.
A study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found 2,016 reports of violence in 2012 against LGBT people and people affected by HIV. The report also found that LGBT people of minority races are nearly twice as likely to be victims of violence as their white counterparts.
A Jewish “police force” has offered protection to mosques in Hackney, following a spate of violent attacks on mosques.
Shomrim, a uniformed Jewish patrol in Stamford Hill who are trained by the Met, patrol the area regularly looking for anti-Semitic hate crimes, and general disorder in the neighbourhood.
The volunteer group, similar to a Neighbourhood Watch, are trained to safely track and detain suspects until police arrive, and run a 24-hour hotline for those in the area to report attacks.
The group was started by Jewish New Yorkers angry at lengthy police response times after crimes were reported.
Mosque elders met this weekend with Shomrim in the Cazenove Road Mosque and Community Centre to discuss cooperation between the two communities.
The offer of security help was the brainchild of local Lib Dem councillor and strictly Orthodox Jew Ian Sharer, who was one of the founders of the Muslim-Jewish forum.
“In our ward, the three councillors are two Charedi Jews, and one religious Muslim. We have been friends for many years, and we get on every well.
“This seemed like a natural thing to do. This is a very serious situation, and so I thought, why not call my friends from Shomrim? We wanted to see if we could offer them protection and also security lessons.
Just in time for Pamela’s planned visit to the UK.
A man who slashed a cab driver inside a taxi in August 2010 has pleaded guilty to attempted murder as a hate crime and assault as a hate crime, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
Prosecutors say Michael Enright, 24, entered the cab of Ahmed Sharif on the East Side of Manhattan, asked Sharif if he was Muslim, and then stabbed the driver in the neck, face and arms when he said yes.
A former Marine has been arrested in the beating of two men outside a popular gay bar in Southern California last year and will face hate-crime charges for using anti-gay slurs during the attack, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
John Kelly O’Leary, 21, was arrested Monday by police in Evergreen Park, Ill., Deputy District Attorney Gretchen Ford of the hate crimes unit said in a statement. O’Leary was discharged from the Marines on Oct. 19, about six weeks after the attack, Marine Corps’ spokesman Master Gunnery Sgt. Mark Oliva told NBC News. He will be extradited from Illinois to California to face the charges.
O’Leary and a group of friends, including other Marines, went to the Silver Fox bar in Long Beach, Calif. in the early morning hours of Sept. 3, 2012. O’Leary was accused of shouting anti-gay slurs outside the bar at closing time, which triggered the hate crime charge, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
“Following a verbal exchange with one of two alleged victims, O’Leary allegedly turned and began punching the first alleged victim as he continued to shout anti-gay slurs. The victim, who suffered a concussion and a fractured hip during the altercation, was knocked unconscious,” the statement said. “As others joined in to break up the fight, O’Leary allegedly began punching and choking a second male victim before police arrived.”